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Lions rally for huge victory in hoops

Baseball goes extra innings for stirring win  

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Saturday was a day chocked full of exciting games by four teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Two played indoors while the other two wished they did.

Detailed stories on each of the sporting events will be posted on Sunday, along with action photos from the games completed outside in the elements.

Here is a brief account of the results;

Women’s Softball

The Lady Lions were on the wrong end of an 11-2 decision against Our Lady of the Lake University. SAGU rapped 11 base hits and added another five base-runners by walking, but didn’t deliver hits with the players in scoring position

In the first inning the Lady Lions loaded the bases with no outs and failed to score, setting the tone for the rest of the day. OLLU, who swept the weekend three-game series, had 14 hits and just two walks.

SAGU dropped a pair to the Blue Halos on Friday, 8-0 and 16-2.

The Lady Lions hit the road for the next six games before returning home on Feb. 22-23 for three games versus Langston University.

Men’s Baseball

An impressive split against Kansas Wesleyan University!

The Coyotes have produced records of 34-22 in 2012, 37-17 and 33-19 over the past three years. On Friday the Lions won the first game in the four game series, 10-2. The Yotes won the second game, 7-4.

Saturday, in weather only a duck would appreciate, Wesleyan scored four late runs to win a pitcher’s duel in which there were only five hits.

SAGU’s Skyler Gilstrap (2-1) had a no-hitter until the fifth, before KW scored a pair of runs in the next two innings. Three singles, a hit batsman, two errors and two walks provided the only runs in the game.

The Lions had two hits, a double by Jared Denton and a single by Nick Cox.

After a rain delay, the fourth game was a carbon copy of Game Three’s 4-0 script. Conditions deteriorated with strong winds, falling temps and intermittent light rain taking the starch out of uniforms and batting attacks.

The Coyotes again held the Lions at bay while they cashed in a pair of walks against SAGU righthander Nick Cox. They added a solo run on a ground rule double to take a 3-0 lead after five innings.

The seventh inning turned desperation into jubilation as SAGU tied the game with three runs, all scored with two outs.

After a bases loaded walk to Billy Mee broke the shutout, Taylor Froelich drove a 2-run single to rightfield to force extra innings.

Rockie Davis (2-0) entered the game in the eighth to silence a rally. In the ninth he allowed back-to-back singles, then struck out the side. After he set down the Yotes in order in the 10th, SAGU produced a happy ending.

Froelich (FRAY-lick) and Denton were aboard with singles before Lance Marks filled the bases with no outs. Sophomore Enrique Rodriguez won it with a looping liner past a diving shortstop, scoring Froelich for a 4-3 triumph.

The Lions, now 8-6, are out of town for the next nine games. They return March 1-2 to begin a 10-game homestand.

Women’s Basketball

Southwestern travelled to Houston to face the University of St. Thomas. On the strength of rebounding the Lady Celts posted a 70-55 victory. UST dominated the lane, reeling in a 48-31 margin on the boards, including a 17-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

UST (14-12, 10-8 in the RRAC) built a 33-23 lead by halftime, and went on to secure the win.

SAGU (8-18, 5-13 in RRAC) dropped to ninth place in the battle to qualify for a berth in the Red River tournament (the top 8 receive an invitation).

Team Lioness is off until Monday, Feb. 18, when they host Northwood University (4-18). The game will begin at 7:00pm.

Men’s Basketball

In a critical match-up on the road against the RRAC’s team with the best home record, St. Thomas (10-1 at home), the Lions put their 12-0 road record to the test.

SAGU assembled a 9-0 run to overcome a seven-point deficit with eight minutes remaining. Dominique Rambo was the spark, with Duce Ward sinking a pair of late free throws for a lead the Lions would not relinquish.

The Lions won a defensive grinder, 53-48.

Caleb Gentry made a closing basket and clutch free throws to ice the game. Jon Walter blocked a shot in the final minute to help erase any Celtics comeback heroics.

Rebounding told the tale, with SAGU owning a 47-42 total. The team’s 16-8 control of offensive caroms provided the Lions a 25 to 14 advantage in free throws attempted.

A full story will be posted Sunday night.

The no. 13 ranked Lions are now 23-3 overall and 17-2 in league games. St. Thomas (18-6, 13-5 in RRAC) remains in third place.

SAGU is off until next Saturday, Feb. 16. They play host to Paul Quinn College at 4:00pm (CST) in a game to be aired in HD by SAGU Sports Live.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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